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Posted: Yesterday at 18:31

Runner - I think you answered your own question in your first sentence.  Most of us on here are trying to get faster?  Why?  Because it's fun, a sense of achievement, it's motivating to see times drop.  

I certainly started my running life with "just going for a run".  And that was great.  But I wanted to start doing events and I'm competitive.  Plus doing different types of sessions is more interesting than just plodding at the same pace.  

And actually I would say the vast majority of people on here do the vast majority of their running at easy pace.  Actually any amount of running at easy pace DOES build mitochondria, capillarisation etc as overall mileage volume is one of the best predictors of this and hence running speed.  Easy running also prepares you for harder efforts, keeps weight down, lets you recover from earlier sessions.  So there IS a purpose to easy paced running.  And lots of easy running with a little faster stuff mixed in is pretty much the recipe for improvement with tinkering here and there.  

But as you're clearly happy with what you're doing, have no goals or race plans (and apparently no fear of death) then keep doing it.    



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Posted: Yesterday at 16:14

That's crap, Marrows .  Was it you that had a back up Abingdon place just in case?

I didn't really start running until my last 20's and have had several extended periods off for having babies.  So hoping that means my legs are actually much younger in running years than they actually are.  There's a woman in my club, still running strongly in her late 50's and she wins so many age group prizes.  Don't think she ran her first marathon until her 50's though.  

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Posted: Yesterday at 12:27 you know where the route might be, DT?  We have plans to try out the Rother Valley parkrun next time we're visiting family for the weekend as a pre-VLM sharpener.  It's pretty flat around the lake.  

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Posted: Yesterday at 11:20

Has anyone else got Calvin Harris's, "Acceptable in the Eighties" stuck in their head now?  

DT - I think you probs ought to get checked over!

Marrows - that's a bit of a depressing read.  Think mine is breastfeeding related though but not been up to this level of mileage before so I wouldn't know.  Although my body fat % is far from low so I'm probably ok.  I guess more of a worry if you might be planning children one day?  But osteoporosis no fun for anyone.  Although I thought weight bearing exercise was meant to help stave off osteoporosis?  

Well I binned the VO2 max stuff this week on the grounds of recovery from Sunday's half.  Just did an easy 9 miles instead last night with some strides.  Despite really not fancying it beforehand due to it being late and me being tired it was a great run.  Feeling strong.  Then this morning I met up with another local Mum (who is a 42 minute 10k'er) and we did a buggy run together so 7 more miles in the bag.  Flew by having someone to chat to.  Have missed running with other people, should make more of an effort to get along to club nights.  

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Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:47

Ah, same as my husband. Odd.  Or not I suppose.

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Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:44

West Lindsey, wherever that is at 71%.  But where I live is 69% so I'll stay here.  

Got the VLM final instructions today.  Do you not find out what pen you are in until the expo?  Or can anything be gleaned from your number? I'm on the blue start.   


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Posted: 24/03/2015 at 20:36

Oh no, Marrows .  Hope it's not cracked.  Will they do an MRI to confirm?  What have they said about running?  And how did your aqua running go?  

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Posted: 24/03/2015 at 12:35

I agree with DT.  I've heard too many cautionary tales of people missing goals by relying on Garmin pacing and then discovering they still have a quarter of a mile to run .  I'll be wearing a pace band as well and aiming for a faster pace than on the face of it i need for my goal.  

My conversion for my first marathon was 2.05 but I'd been pretty slack leading up to starting marathon training.  Hence ran a 1.50 half and put in a 3.46 marathon.  Not expecting that this time!

Mace - interesting that you feel you've adapted to the higher mileage.  I was thinking earlier that I don't feel as tired and seem to have more energy for other things again.  

11 buggy miles this morning.  Really sunny here and enjoyed myself 



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Posted: 23/03/2015 at 14:03

Marrows - I have a ballot place so think it is the blue start.  Can't remember what time I put so no idea what pen etc.  Don't we get the final magazine thing this week?  Where will you be?   

Lou and I spent a fortnight in Turkey in August aqua jogging.  He was injured and I was just finding it too hot to run outside even at 5am.  There is a P&D schedule somewhere - involves lots of intervals as steady state just too dull in the pool.  

Bob - the casualty is fine.  Although is now nursing a chin scrape after falling off the trampoline.  She's a bit clumsy (might take after her mother in that respect).  

Pete/Bob - the plan allows, indeed demands, a number of races to be races hard at all out effort especially in the last few weeks.  I guess it's part of the sharpening process and I think is part of the mental toughening as much as anything else.  Anyway, the last race is only 5 miles and three weeks out from the marathon so plenty of time for recovery. (And I think the plan schedules a long run the next day to replicate the running on tired legs feeling in the marathon itself).

I don't particularly want to put all my eggs in one basket.  Yes, the marathon is my A race but anything could happen - I could fall over, I could wake up with flu, the knee could flare up badly.  At least if I've scored a few PB's along the way it won't have been a wasted training cycle.  

Bob/Lit - thinking about doing Robin Hood half in September.  as it was my first ever half back in 2009 I'd like to go back.  website says they are having a new route for 2015 though.  Do you know anything about it?  Still a PB potential?  

Skinny - when you do the tables for Bob's new PB can you take me a pound off?  10st 3 now.  

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Posted: 22/03/2015 at 22:01

Oooh, cross- post with Bob.    Sounds like a nice jaunt out you had.  My race was one of grimacing and digging in and building ones character.  Yours was all lalalalalaa and skipping up the bloody hill, hand in hand with Lit's nemesis.  Well done to Mrs Bob though.  Hope she tried a bit harder than you 

Good reward for all the hard work (and long runs) you put in over the winter.  

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